Africa is massive continent into which all of the US, China and India can fit with ample room to spare. In this comprehensive 21-day itinerary, you will be able to touch down in almost all of East and Southern Africa’s natural wonders, starting with the unparalleled Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania and ending at Table Mountain in South Africa. From beginning at a World Heritage Site to ending at one of the Seven Wonders of Nature, this trip spans five countries and has a seamless collection of accommodation, transfers and activities, allowing you to forget the logistics and focus on the spectacular scenery and entrancing wildlife.

You kick at the Ngorongoro Crater, which has some of the easiest game viewing in the world, before heading to the East African hotspots of the Serengeti, Masai Mara and Chyulu Hills. Depending on the time of year that you travel, you may be able to witness parts of the annual Wildebeest Migration in Kenya or Tanzania.

From there, fly down south to two of Africa’s most sought-after jewels: the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls, both of which are World Heritage Sites. End off your odyssey on the southern coast of the continent: Cape Town is renowned as the ‘Mother City’ and Table Mountain shields this cosmopolitan harbour town in a protective embrace. Spend your final days on private guided tours of Table Mountain, Cape Point (and see a colony of endangered African penguins!) and the beautiful Cape Winelands. This is a fantastic option for those who want to see and experience some of Africa’s best natural wonders.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Visit 4 of Africa's Natural Wonders
  • Game drives in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Migration in the Serengeti
  • Visit the location of Out of Africa in the Masai Mara
  • Enjoy Victoria Falls
  • Meander on a mokoro in the Okavango Delta
  • Taste wine in the Cape Winelands
  • See Cape Point & Table Mountain

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

The Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

From Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will fly to Lake Manyara, a great way to appreciate the vastness of Tanzania’s wild countryside. Once you have landed, a driver will whisk you to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, one of the most unusual and luxurious accommodations in the area. While the outside has been inspired by the architecture and materials used in a traditional Maasai manyatta or village, the inside is a gorgeous riot of chandeliers, antiques, mirrors, vaulted ceilings and large windows that frame spectacular vistas of the Crater.

As the world’s largest unbroken caldera or crater rim from an ancient volcano, Ngorongoro is a haven for wildlife. The volcano’s last eruption millennia ago has resulted in fertile soil that makes for lush grazing that, in turn, supports healthy populations of ungulates and antelopes. They are stalked by thriving families of lions, leopards and hyenas. Because the Crater’s walls are so steep, animals do not migrate out of its protective hollow, which makes for some of the easiest game viewing in the world. In fact, it is not uncommon to see all of the Big 5 – elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard – in a single game drive!

Days 3-6

The Serengeti, Tanzania

From the Crater Highlands to the Central Serengeti: after two nights at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, it is time to bid the friendly staff farewell and return to the Lake Manyara airstrip for a flight to Serengeti Under Canvas, a mobile camp that moves with the annual Wildebeest Migration.

If Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offered you luxury on a platter, then Serengeti Under Canvas offers classic safari charm by the bucket load. Your suite will be one of eight spacious walk-in tents with a full en suite bathroom, a private verandah and a personal butler service. The main tent has Wi-Fi and the staff are happy to treat you to romantic private dining.

Your days will be spent on morning and afternoon game drives in search of Migration action, and hot-air ballooning can be arranged for those who want to experience the Serengeti at dawn – it is an unforgettable experience to drift above the herds as the sun rises over another day in Africa.

Days 6-9

The Masai Mara, Kenya

The Serengeti and the Masai Mara are arguably the two most famous safari areas in the world, and today you will experience the latter in all its age-old glory. You will once again fly in and enjoy a road transfer to Angama Mara, one of the newest and most contemporary lodges in the game-rich Mara Triangle.

For three nights, you will be cocooned in a sanctuary of discreet service, exemplary design, fine cuisine and expert guiding. The elevated altitude affords you sweeping views over the Mara plains from the massive windows of your suite, from which you can also enjoy the serene sight of the dawn hot-air balloons drifting quietly past.

The Mara is a special destination for safari enthusiasts, with over 500 recorded bird species, a significant black rhino population and, of course, the excitement of the Wildebeest Migration passing through from about July to approximately November.

Angama Mara offers night drives, visits to the local manyatta and nature walks to explore the region’s flora and smaller creatures.

Days 9-11

Chyulu Hills, Kenya

Although the Masai Mara is the pre-eminent national park in Kenya, the country is also home to Amboseli and Tsavo, and today you will fly to the Tsavo West airstrip to enjoy time at Ol Donyo Lodge, which lies in a massive wilderness area between the two.

The area is renowned for its notable elephant population and, at Ol Donyo, you will you be able to choose between expertly guided game drives, nature walks, mountain biking, night drives or hiking in a bid to spot these magnificent creatures.

Your accommodation at Ol Donyo will have to be seen to be believed: each suite has views of Mount Kilimanjaro (the tallest free-standing peak in the world), outdoor showers for taking in the crystal-clear southern constellations and – best of all – romantic starbeds that allow you to sleep out in the open in perfect comfort and safety.

On Day 10, you will have the option of paying a visit to a traditional Maasai village to meet the villagers and learn more about their life in Kenya. 

Days 11-12

Nairobi, Kenya

Bidding farewell to the Kenyan countryside, it is time to return to city life for a night before gearing up for the Southern African portion of your journey. Your destination is Nairobi Tented Camp in the nation’s capital. Nairobi National Park is a game reserve on the outskirts of this thriving modern metropolis and likely the only place in the world where you can photograph wild and free-roaming giraffe, zebra and buck with skyscrapers in the far distance!

You will make yourself at home at Nairobi Tented Camp, a classic tented camp set in a riverine forest in Nairobi National Park. Its convenient location – only 30 minutes’ drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – makes it easy to reach and ensures you arrive with plenty of time to explore. Spend the time between game drives relaxing on your private hammock or taking a gentle guided walk through the park.


Days 12-14

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Say a fond goodbye to East Africa today and set your compass for the south as you fly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone, Zambia. This is the closest airport to Victoria Falls and, after landing, you will be driven across Victoria Falls Bridge to the Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe (your driver will assist you with all the border documentation).

The Victoria Falls are known as Mosi-au-Tunya or ‘the Smoke that thunders’ because at the height of the season (about February to May, peaking in April), their spray can be seen for miles around and the noise as the water cascading off the sheer drop is deafening.

Your home for two nights will the Victoria Falls Hotel, which is charmingly nicknamed, ‘The Grand Old Lady of the Falls’ because of its gracious service, traditional décor and historic edifice. Expect lovely high teas in the afternoon and some of the best views of the lower Falls and the bridge from the manicured grounds.

The Falls are among the biggest in the world and are the centrepiece to several adrenalin activities in the area: take your pick from bungee jumping, white-water rafting, swimming in the Devil’s Pool (a perfectly safe hollow on the Zambian side that looks like you’re balancing on the edge of the precipice) or micro-lighting over the Falls! In the late afternoon, consider a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, where you can watch elephants cross, hippos cavort and lazy crocodiles sunning themselves on the riverbanks.

Days 14-17

Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Moremi Game Reserve is one the Okavango Delta’s most beautiful areas and it is here that you will check into Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge after flying in from Kasane. For three nights, you will be able to savour this lagoon hideaway, which as rooftop lookouts on each suite for birdwatching or stargazing, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and an interactive kitchen where you can learn to cook simple local and international favourites with the chef.

Your suite has its own private plunge pool that is ideal for hot summer days from October to March, and the guides will take you out on stable fibreglass canoes known as mekoro to explore the Delta’s seemingly endless waterways. Keep an eye out for African fish eagles, red lechwe, situtunga, Pel’s fishing owls and miniscule painted reed frogs as you wend your way through the reeds.

As a World Heritage Site, the Delta is definitely a bucket-list item for safari aficionados.

Days 17-21

Cape Town, South Africa

It is time for the final act before the curtain comes down on your African opus: a 4-night stay in Cape Town, widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Africa and places of mountains, ocean, vineyards, beaches, art, culture and top-notch food.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel is occupies a unique position: in front lies the Atlantic, behind are the folds of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, and to each side, the unblemished splendour of Table Mountain National Park’s indigenous fynbos. The hotel is close enough to easy drives to attractions like the city centre, the Table Mountain cableway, the V&A Waterfront and the golden beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay but far enough away to feel like you are in a slice of nature.

On Day 18, slip on comfortable walking shoes and grab a jacket for your half-day Cape Town city centre and Table Mountain guided tour. This is a good way to orient yourself in the Mother City and your leader will no doubt point out major sites like the colourful Bo-Kaap, the Company’s Gardens and Greenmarket Square.

The next day, you will undertake a full-day Cape Point and Peninsula tour that will see you travel along the incredibly scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive, visit the endangered African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, see the old lighthouse at Cape Point, stroll through Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, and possibly enjoy refreshments at a quaint seaside locale like Simon’s Town (headquarters of the South African Navy) or Kalk Bay.

If that is not enough, your last day on holiday sees you travelling to the unsurpassed Cape Winelands to visit famous viticultural centres like Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl to taste some of South Africa’s best vintages. Wine-making was introduced in the 1600s and many estates retain strong links to the past.

Finally, after 21 days of adventure, reflection and fun, you will be whisked by a driver to Cape Town International Airport for your journey home.


  • 2 Nights at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge on fully inclusive basis
  • Selected return road transfers
  • Selected shared light aircraft flights
  • 3 Nights at Serengeti Under Canvas Migration Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • 3 Nights at Angama Mara on fully inclusive basis
  • 3 Nights at Ol Donyo Lodge on game package basis
  • 1 Night at Nairobi Tented Camp on full board basis
  • 2 Nights at Victoria Falls Hotel on bed and breakfast basis
  • Selected gate and park fees
  • Flight from Nairobi to Livingstone
  • Flight from Maun to Cape Town via Johannesburg


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Tracy Payne

Tracy Payne

Africa Safari Expert

"This is a once in a lifetime kind of trip! It covers some of Africa’s high spots and is the perfect itinerary for those wanting a diverse game viewing experience – from the plains of the Masai Mara to the waterways of the Okavango Delta – this trip offers it all."

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